Bang on a Can kicks off the new season in Canada!  On September 1 and 2, we're bringing our all-world versatility and polyrhythmic virtuosity to Toronto in collaboration with Contact Contemporary Music's INTERsection Festival.

September 1 features a FREE eight-hour ear-bending Marathon concert showcasing the uncategorizable core Bang on a Can sound: works by Louis Andriessen, Michael Gordon, David Lang, Steve Reich, Terry Riley, Julia Wolfe, and more. On September 2 there's a killer double bill of two of Brian Eno's greatest ambient classics: Bang on a Can performs Eno's landmark Music for Airports alongside Contact's sublimely gorgeous arrangement of Discreet Music. 

Watch a clip of the Bang on a Can All-Stars performing Music for Airports on YouTube.  Get more information and tickets here.



  • George Crumb - Ancient Voices of Children
  • Steve Reich - Cello Counterpoint
  • Dan Becker - S.T.I.C
  • Lou Harrison - Violin Concerto
  • David Crowell - Waiting in the Rain for Snow


  • Ken Thomson - Incoming
  • Hans Abrahamsen - Schnee, Canon 2B
  • Giacinto Scelsi - Okanagon
  • Pauline Oliveros - Sonic Meditation
  • David Lang - sunray
  • Missy Mazzoli - Shy Girl Shouting Music


  • Jeffrey Brooks - After the Treewatcher
  • Steve Reich - Eight Lines
  • Julia Wolfe - Lick
  • Michael Gordon - Four Kings Fight Five
  • Steve Reich - Clapping Music
  • Steve Reich - 2x5


This summer we're thrilled to be partnering once again with the Noguchi Museum on the Music in the Garden Series! Through its Second Sundays program, the Noguchi Museum assembles renowned experts in the arts, architecture and design fields to engage in dialogues that complement the Museum's mission and exhibitions.

The series concludes on September 8 with the celebrated percussion quartet Mantra Percussion performing Michael Gordon's tour de force work Timber.

July 11-28
MASS MoCA, North Adams, MA

Thank you for joining us at the 11th Annual Bang on a Can Summer Festival!  It was a joyous ride of beautiful music making, featuring over 30 recitals and concerts in all.  We were joined by special guest Steve Reich on hand for our signature Marathon concert in addition to an international cast of composer and performer fellows from around the corner and around the globe!

Watch videos filmed throughout the festival on YouTube and stay tuned for information about the 2013 Festival coming in the fall.

12 Hours of FREE Live Music!

Sunday June 17, 12 noon – 12 midnight
World Financial Center Winter Garden

Thank you to all who celebrated our 25th Birthday Marathon on June 17! 

Read the New York Times review here

See photos from the show here!

This May marks the 25th birthday of Bang on a Can.  Thank you to all who joined us for our Big Bang Benefit Dinner & Concert on May 1st at City Winery, as we toasted a quarter century of mind-blowing music with our world-famous Bang on a Can All-Stars honoring Board president Adam Wolfensohn, whom we honored with our annual Bang on a Can Visionary Award.

Stay tuned for pictures coming soon!

Bang on a Can 25 Years: April 28 @ Lincoln Center

Thank you for celebrating with us in our 25 year birthday bash presented by Lincoln Center!

Read The New York Times review here.

See photos of the show here.

Bang on a Can turned 25! Thank you to all who shared your memories with us at as we celebrated this milestone with the latest All-Stars CD Big Beautiful Dark and Scary. We were thrilled to hear from more than 5,000 of you in stories from the sweet to the surreal, from the hysterical to the sublime. And most of all, we were honored to celebrate 25 years of wild and innovative music making- here's to 25 more!

If you missed the download window don't fear: Big Beautiful Dark and Scary is available on iTunes with a bonus track entitled Closing, a work written and performed live by Philip Glass and the All-Stars.

The album is physically released on Cantaloupe Music and includes four short films by Dutch video artist Marijke van Warmerdam. It is available now on Amazon.